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Day 39: Riviere-du-Loup to Grand Falls, NB 194 km

Our day started with the 5 of us maneuvering around the RV starting at 5:30 am to fix breakfast and get on the road. We made it out shortly after 7 am. DSC_6061Our first 80 km had a lot of up and down. Eastern Quebec and western New Brunswick is the northern end of the Appalachian Mountain range. This was the first long challenging up hills and trilling down hills since the Lake Superior area. I think we all enjoyed the change.photo(127)We did have a short scenic side trip when a local cyclist showed us a wonderful bike path build on an old railroad bed. We followed if for about 15 km.photo(130)Shortly after we crossed into New Brunswick, sad to say goodbye “la belle province,” the road flattened out a bit and we started to follow the St. John River. What beautiful views and a really nice sunny day with mild temperatures, great for cycling. Today was Rob’s first full day with us since his accident!photo(129)You know you are getting tired when…DSC_6102A cyclist put up beside me and started talking French. I replied, “Sorry I do not speak English.”
At about the 175 km mark Timo said, “Now I understand why motor cycles were invented.”
We pulled into a nice grass area, I was having a bit of trouble unclipping and thought, “I think I could fall.” I decided it would be an easy way to get off the bike, so I fell.
We had a good day, a long day, but really a wonderful day of cycling.

Day 38: Quebec City to Riviere-du-Loup 208 km

We were on the road close to 7 am this morning anticipating a long day because our goal was Riviere-du-Loup in eastern Quebec, a 208 km ride. Jacques led us through the city after a breakfast prepared by Marie-France. DSC_5969The bike path was beautiful and got us through the city without the stress of traffic.photo(123)We followed the river 90% of the day. We had a great view of the old city from the river’s edge.photo(125)Our ride started with a light shower and was cloudy for the morning. The road, Hwy 132, had a few more hills and again had great shoulders for riding. The views were great and the sun came out in the afternoon. photo(120)We had a cross wind and head wind for times though out the day but in the last afternoon we got a wind at our backs that allowed us to cover the last 45 km in record breaking time.  This shot is looking south at what I think is the state of Maine. photo(124)

Our evening is unscheduled so we can get a little more rest. Our team has been speculating about a “cumulative effect” of the many days on the road. Our bounce back has been a little slower. We are all doing well and Rob is adding more km each day. Today he did 160 km with us. DSC_5984Great day, Quebec is a cyclist heaven!